Author Archives: Martin durrant

Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss

You may have read on RAMzine.co.uk this week that the great Jeff Hanneman, guitarist with legendary metal band Slayer passed away at the age of 49. This devastating news was met with a stunning reaction from the worldwide metal community, as everyone banded together to show their respects to a man who changed the genre we love so much forever. ...

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Megadeth – Rust In Peace

Some people say Megadeth are in the shadow of Metallica, with singer Dave Mustaine being a former member of Metallica. To those naysayers, I say; “Nay”! Megadeth deserve to be considered as a top quality metal band outright, whatever their previous relationship with Metallica may have been. This is proven by the strength of 1990s “Rust In Peace”. The lineup ...

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Black Sabbath – Paranoid

We’ve been through this all before. Black Sabbath were the first heavy metal band. Working the “diminished 5th” chord, or “tri-tone”, they created a sound that was simply more evil and heavy than their predecessors on their self titled 1970 debut release. However, it was with October 1970’s “Paranoid” that the band began to explore more commercial avenues, while still ...

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RAMzine Introduces… A Joker’s Rage

“This is not in vain, close your eyes,” quotes A Joker’s Rage singer Zakk Taylor at the start of their excellent 2012 EP “The Masquerade”. It may be a lyric, however it also aptly sums up what this band stand for. It’s not a vanity project by any means; it’s five down to earth guys making catchy rock music for ...

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Scorpions – Love At First Sting

Sometimes, we all wish music was like it was in the 80s again. Some of the most important music of the last century came out of that decade, in all genres. This was particularly evident in rock and metal. One band, hailing from Germany, typifies this. With their technical twin guitar attack and collective ear for what makes a song ...

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Iron Maiden – Brave New World

The year 2000 was a strange time for rock and metal. Nu-metal was really catching on and the classic guard seemed to be becoming irrelevant. All of that changed with the release of Iron Maiden’s “Brave New World”. Singer Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith returned to the fold, and along with bassist Steve Harris, guitarists Dave Murray and Janick ...

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Def Leppard – Pyromania

Less is more. This band have proved it time and time again. Def Leppard are the masters of “simple, yet effective”. They solidified their reputation as one of the best accessible rock bands out there with their legendary third album: “Pyromania”. This album features the classic line up of vocalist Joe Elliot, guitarists Steve Clark and Phil Collen, bassist Rick ...

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Van Halen – Van Halen

Only a few debut albums have such an impact that they transcend generations. Their influence is timeless, for whatever reason it may be. With their first album, released in February 1978, Van Halen single-handedly influenced a generation of glam metal bands, as well as changing the way the electric guitar was viewed in a band. Comprised of elastic frontman David ...

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Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

Led Zeppelin are simply the most influential band of all time. If you speak to any rock musician in the modern world, it’s pretty much guaranteed that they’ve been influenced by Zeppelin, or by a band that was influenced by them. The fact the band transcend generations with their high octane rock is astounding. Comprised of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist ...

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AC/DC – Back In Black

Iconic. Quintessential. Timeless. This series of articles is meant to be about albums and bands that encompass these three words. We’ve covered bands from Aerosmith to Pantera and Van Halen to Iron Maiden. However, there’s one band with one particular album that you can’t help but like. That band is AC/DC, and the album is 1980’s “Back in Black”. “Back ...

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